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As the world continues its rush to learn English, still the lingua franca of international commerce, diplomacy, and higher education, the bulk of teaching opportunities abroad continue to be for those who teach English. Your primary "credential" is simply being a native speaker of the English language. A bachelor's degree is usually required. Some formal ESL training, whether in TEFL or TESOL certificate, is almost always a plus and in some cases a prerequisite if you have no previous experience. Candidates with advanced training and either a certificate in ESL or a master's degree in TESOL will have greater flexibility and command more pay. The ability to teach ESL may be all you need to obtain a job and a work permit in various countries across Asia and Latin America, and many other English teaching jobs exist in other desirable regions of the globe.

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 Featured ESL Certification Programs and Job Placements
TEFL Training with ITTT ITTT: International TEFL and TESOL Training
With in-class courses available at over 30 locations worldwide and a wide range of online courses, ITTT prepares you to teach, travel and live abroad.
Teach English with InterExchange Working Abroad Teach English with InterExchange — Perfect for New and Experienced Teachers 
InterExchange Working Abroad offers a wide variety of Teach English programs in every corner of the world, from teaching in formal classroom settings to private family tutoring as a Conversation Coach. Some programs allow you to earn a certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Our current programs include France, Italy, Spain, and Thailand.
Teach English with Geovisions in South Korea Paid Teacher in South Korea with Geovisions
This is a paid position with annual salary of US$20,000-$27,000 based on 30 hour/week (6 days per week). Gain international experience while enriching the lives of students in South Korea. As a native speaker you can become an asset to educational establishments by improving the standard of English in South Korea. Teaching can be an amazing opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others, while experiencing the rich culture of the Eastern world.
Teach English in Prague Teach and Travel Worldwide with TEFL Worldwide Prague
TEFL Worldwide Prague is a highly reputable British and American owned school offering the 4-week internationally recognized TEFL certificate course in the enchanting city of Prague. Become certified and gain the skills to teach English in any classroom abroad. Job placement assistance worldwide. Experience another culture, language, job, life—another world.
Teach English in Argentina Teach English in Argentina with Road2Argentina
Road2Argentina offers an intensive 4-week CELTA Certification Course which leads to an internationally recognized English teaching credential for those interested in paid teaching jobs in Argentina and around the world. Most graduates of this program secure employment within a month of finishing the course as native English-speaking teachers are in high demand in Buenos Aires.

  Teaching English Abroad Advisor
Articles by experienced experts providing inside tips and resources for those who wish to teach ESL abroad.
Teaching English abroad in a classroom Teaching English Abroad by Randall Davis
A comprehensive introduction to teaching English, with expert tips, and fine resources for anyone contemplating a career in ESL.
Teaching english resume How to Create a Great Resume for Teaching English Abroad: A Guide to Landing Your First Job by John Clites
Our TEFL Abroad columnist explores how to land your (first) job teaching English, and why preparing the appropriate resume is critical. Here is a detailed guide explaining how to do so, complete with examples.
Teaching English as stepping stone Teaching English Overseas: A Stepping Stone to International Careers by Jean-Marc Hachey
There are many motivations to teach English, and the quantity of ESL jobs available around the world may also provide a path to other international careers.
Teaching jobs abroad are recession-proof Why Teaching English Abroad is a Recession-Proof Job Option by Michael G. Hines
Teaching is one of the most secure jobs available overseas and it is also a great way to extend your time traveling and living abroad.
John Teaching Is Teaching English as a Foreign Language Right For You? by John Clites
One of the key questions relating to teaching English based upon John's own unique experience.
Long-Term Jobs Teaching English Abroad
William Nolting and Anthony Hand discuss how teaching English has become one of the most common long-term jobs for post-graduates and provide extensive resources.
How To Create a Great Web Resume to Get an English Teaching Job 
A.J. Hoge provides practical directions for any prospective teacher of English regarding how to create a great resume when seeking to land a job abroad.
Choosing a TEFL Course Abroad: What to Do Before Starting Your Internet Search
Tiffany L. Hendrix reports that before starting an Internet TEFL program search you must be realize that many jobs teaching English abroad now require an advanced degree from a reputable institution.
The TEFL Job Interview: The Ten Most Important Questions to Ask
Jonathan Clark offers practical advice for those seeking a job teaching English overseas.
Top 10 Tips for Teaching English as a Foreign Language
Jann Huizenga provides tips for the first few months teaching English abroad.
Returning Home After Teaching ESL Internationally: How to Start a New Career by Ryan Allen
One of the loudest complaints extolled by more jaded ESL expats is that international experience does not translate; unless you seek a career in ESL, you are wasting your life. Nothing can be further from the truth. In fact, the international experiences derived from teaching can be precisely what separates you from other candidates during a job hunt, or during the graduate school admission process.

 Teaching English Abroad Participant Reports
We feature below a wide-ranging sample of participants' reports written by those who have traveled long-term and worked abroad teaching English. Teachers describe their experiences while providing inside resources for others to do the same.

 Teaching English in Asia and Southeast Asia
Jobs Teaching English in Asia
Susan Griffith provides a resource-intensive overview of the job possibilities in Asia.
Teach English in China with Worldteach Best Countries to Teach English in Asia by Michael Hines
In addition to sharing large areas of the world's largest continent, many nations in Asia are also sharing another striking similarity: most are experiencing strong demand for English teachers. From South Korea to Vietnam, Asian countries are in high gear towards getting their population to learn the lingua franca of globalization...
Teaching English China by location Teaching English in China: Work and Live in a Great Location
Nick and Dariece provide a guide to help you research and find a great city or town in the vast country of China to teach English and live.
Teaching English to a kindergarden class in China Teaching English and Living in Yangzhou, China
Nick and Dariece spent a memorable year of complete immersion teaching English to kindergartners and living in Yangzhou, and describe their experience. They also managed to make lasting friends, create many memories, and save quite a bit of money in the process.
Statue of Buddha in Bangkok Teaching English and Living in Bangkok by Nathan Edgerton
Bangkok has a high demand for English teachers in many different types of schools, from corporate training centers to small private schools to public schools with 50 students per class. There are opportunities for beginning teachers as well as those with more experience...
Live and Teach in Thailand or Taiwan Live and Teach English in Thailand or Taiwan? A Guide to Choose the Best Country for You by Michael Plews
Fortunately for anyone with experience who is trying to compare the merits of these two unique countries, both currencies now have a very similar exchange rate. We will make a comparison, inherently somewhat subjective, of some of the key aspects of each country that can make living and teaching a memorable and rewarding experience.
Teaching English in China
Smitha Murthy offers practical advice on finding a job teaching English in China while warning about possible pitfalls.
How to Choose Your First Job Teaching English in China
Gregory Mavrides, PhD offers an expert overview and practical advice on how to go about the process of selecting your first Job Teaching English in China.
The Guide to Finding an English Teaching Job in China
A step-by-step guide on how to go about finding work and a visa to teach English.
Teaching English in China: Choose the Right School
Eve Bergazyn reports on the various types of places and schools in China to teach English.
Teaching English in Taiwan
Newley Purnell offers a thorough description of the lucrative jobs available teaching English in Taiwan, and provides tips for enjoying its rich culture
Teaching English and Living in Japan
Lindy Sinka provides a practical overview of what is involved for those who decide to teach English in Japan as an expatriate.
Getting Started Teaching English in Japan
John Sheldon elaborates on the three most common types of jobs to be found in Japan.
How to Find an English Teaching Job from Inside Japan
A step-by-step guide on how to go about finding work and a visa to teach English in Japan.
Teaching English in Japan: The Internet Job Search
A.J. Hoge provides tips for making the best use of the Web in order to search for and land a good job teaching English in Japan.
Japan's JET Program: Join Japan's Leading ESL Training and Job Placement Program
Laura Mann on provides insides tips on teaching English in Japan with this unique program.
Living and Teaching English in South Korea by Jalel Marti Sager
Teaching English and Living in Thailand: Do Your Homework Before Choosing a Job Abroad by Lindy Sinka
Teaching English in Thailand: The 10 Day Job Search 
A.J. Hoge tells you how to find jobs teaching English in Thailand within 10 days of stepping off the plane.
He follows up his primer for finding work with Teaching English in Thailand: A Typical Day in a Teacher's Life.
Freelance Teaching English in Bangkok, Thailand  
A.J. Hoge provides practical inside tips for setting up a freelance business teaching English.
Teaching English in Chiang Mai: A Step-by-Step Guide  
Wayne Johnson provides an insider's guide to teaching English in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Teaching English and Living in Vietnam: A Southeast Asia Giant
Expert author Nathan Edgerton provides a guide to teaching English and living in Vietnam. The options are almost endless.
Teaching English in Malaysia
Emile Alexander Dodds reports on the type of work available for English teachers in Malaysia.

 Teaching English in Latin America
Teaching English in Latin America
Susan Griffith provides a resource-intensive overview of the job possibilities abroad in Latin America.
Teaching English and Living in Brazil What You Need to Know to Teach English in South America by James Burt
The continent has long been attractive for English teachers eager for new experiences involving such activities as Samba music, mountain trekking, and other long, hot summer nightlife pleasures while earning a living teaching English to the locals. But unlike certain global areas with a much more rigorous application, interview, and hiring process that involve visas or housing appropriations, many countries in South America often utilize less a rigid system of employing teachers.
Brazilian sea Teaching English and Living in Brazil by John Clites
There is a very high demand for English teachers in Brazil and that demand will only increase in the foreseeable future. Many factors create the demand, including: flourishing tourism, expanding international trade, a burgeoning oil and gas industry, and the Olympic Games.
Teaching English and Living in Mexico as a Mex-Pat
Jonathan Clark provides inside tips on finding work teaching English in Mexico, and offers a variety of perspectives from the many mex-pats.
Teaching English in Costa Rica: How to Prepare
Geraldeen Woods offers advice on preparing for and finding work teaching English in a country where teachers are in great demand.
Teaching English in Costa Rica
Laura Dulin provides inside tips and many valuable resources for finding a job teaching English throughout Costa Rica.
Teaching English in Ecuador: Adventure Awaits at Latitude Zero
Newley Purnell relates his joyful experience teaching English in Ecuador.
Teaching English in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Cara Pulick writes about the many options to teach.
Work Teaching English in Ecuador by Christopher Sacco
Teaching English in Santiago, Chile: Inside Tips for Finding a Job by Heidi Resetarits

 Teaching English in Western Europe
Teaching English in Europe
Susan Griffith provides a resource-intensive overview of the job possibilities in Europe.
Teaching English in France as an Assistant 
Kelby Hartson Carr describes an opportunity for Americans to find work teaching English in France.
Teaching English in France: A Step-by-Step Guide to Success 
Amber Foster provides realistic step-by-step advice on how to find work teaching English in France.
Teaching English in Paris, France: Where There is a Will There is a Way
Natalie Faulkner provides practical and realistic tips for finding a job teaching English in Paris, France.
Teach English in Italy: Insider Knowledge on Landing a Job in a Public School
Emma Bird on her experience teaching at an Italian public school.
Taking a Certified TEFL Course: Is a Teaching Certification Necessary for a Job in Madrid? 
Steven Harold Starry analyzes the pros and cons of taking the various types of certified TEFL courses as a preparation for jobs teaching English in Spain.
Teaching English in Switzerland
Catherine Richards reports that finding work teaching English in Switzerland is not easy, but does provide the inside tips and resources.
Teaching English in Germany
Mark O’Neill reports that despite the slow economy, freelancers are in demand.

 Teaching English in Central and Eastern Europe
Teaching English in Central and Eastern Europe
Susan Griffith provides a resource-intensive overview of the job possibilities in Central and Eastern Europe.
Teaching English in Russia: Demand for English Teachers Exceeds Supply by Robert Leitch
Teaching English in the Czech Republic by Pearl Harris

 Teaching English in the Middle East and the Eastern Mediterranean
The Eastern Mediterranean: English Teachers in Demand
Susan Griffith provides a resource-intensive overview of the job possibilities in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Teach English in the Middle East
Michael G. Hines offers a practical overview and description of the requirements for teaching English abroad in the Middle East, breaking work visa requirements down by country.
Teaching English in Istanbul: A Cultural Crossroads by Andrew K. Burger
Working, Living, and Teaching English in Saudi Arabia as a Woman by Kim Lyon

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